Obama on U.S. Guns Going to Mexico

President says, "People who have screwed up will be held accountable."
3:56 | 10/20/11

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First of all this to change the subject from the economy for a second that the fast and furious controversy. Aside from. Some of the more wild charges out there this is a big scandal -- mean that Justice Department the ATF was moving guns. And some of them are tied to crimes Stevenson. What did you what was your response when you first heard about. -- had heard about it from the news reports. This is not something that. We were aware of in the White House and the attorney general. Turns wasn't aware of it and obviously. Or quarters launch day full investigation of -- Is not acceptable. For us to. -- allow guns to go into Mexico our whole goal has been to interdict. Aggressively in the flow of weapons and cash flowing south into Mexico. Because. The Mexican president president called on Africa's number heroic job trying to take -- -- -- trans national. A drug cartels so this investigation will be complete. People who have screwed up will be held accountable. But our overarching goal consistently has been to say we've got a responsibility. Not only stop drugs from flowing north. We've also got a responsibility. To make sure that we are not helping -- arm or finance. These these drug cartels in Mexico and so it's very upsetting to me that think that. Somebody showed such bad judgment. That they would allow something like that have animal find out who who and what happened in the situation will make sure that it gets court. And lastly sir on Friday we learned that you authorized the deployment. Hundreds special force -- street and Central Africa. And -- revolutionary army. -- that these troops will be helping. To remove their leaders from the battlefield. They are known for using -- council. And I'm wondering. The process of agreeing to deploy troops in situation like this when you know. That the special forces might have to return fire and they might be firing upon. Child soldiers how difficult. Decision to me well this none of these decision injuries. But those -- we're familiar with Lord's Resistance Army and their leader mr. -- Know that these are some of the most vicious. Killers. They terrorize villages they. They take children in custody and turn them and a child soldiers there engage in rape and slaughter -- that they go through they have been. A scourge on. You've -- and that entire region of eastern Africa. And so there has been strong bipartisan support. And a coalition. Everything from evangelical Christians to. You know folks on the left and and human rights organizations who have said. That it is an international obligation for us to try to take them off. And given that bipartisan support that could cross the board. Belief that we need to do something about those. What we've done as we provide these advisors they are not going to be in this situation where they are called upon to hunt down. -- -- -- -- -- Or to -- actively fire upon but. They will be in a position to protect themselves what they can do is provide logistical support that's needed the advice the training. And logistical support that hopefully will allow this kind of stuff to stop.

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